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Which Cattleya to buy?

This is a discussion on Which Cattleya to buy? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Dorsetman The other thing to take into account is this : you ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    The other thing to take into account is this : you don't want all of your plants to be in flower at the same time, and then nothing for months and months... Cattleyas are seasonable . If X flowers in April in your locality, it pretty much always will, and so on. Two similar hybrids may have quite different parents which dominate, and hence may flower at quite different seasons, for you.
    So, consider when you want flowers, and visit local shows or vendors (if you are lucky enough to have them) at the right time. And btw, you won't get that kind of result from buying seedlings, that is more of a chance thing in this respect.
    Very sage advice indeed! I have never been to an orchid "show" (well, I've been to the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood, but that's more of a display than a place to buy). I am hoping to get to the SEPOS show in April, but things are a bit up in the air because my father-in-law lost his business in a fire, and my husband has been spending all his spare time helping his dad sort through the wreckage and try to rebuild. I hope he can spare me for a day or two so I can go to the SEPOS show!

    Part of me worries that if I were to go to one of those shows (which I'm sure I'll get to sooner or later... I think it might be unavoidable if you're deep into the orchid habit), I'll see so much gorgeousness that my brain will short-circuit, gray smoke will come out of my ears, and I'll just start babbling like an idiot or running around willy-nilly amongst the different booths like a caffeinated chihuahua. And I'm a total sucker for impulse buys, too... if I see something that catches my eye, and it's a good price, I lose all sense of reason and just buy it. An orchid show could inflict some serious damage to my credit card!

    With that said, I really want to go to the SEPOS show!! Hope I can make it this year.

    As for spacing out the bloomers so I have flowers all year long... at this point I have so many orchids that there's always a bunch in bloom at any given time. I don't post tons of pictures of them because many are NOID phals which aren't necessarily that fascinating to serious orchid people. But the phals tide me over whenever I'm waiting for something more interesting to bloom.

    But now that you've brought it to my attention, I will definitely start paying more attention to the plants' blooming seasons. Although I have to admit that even if a Catt is going to bloom at the exact same time as a bunch of other Catts, if I love it, I'll buy it anyway! There's nothing wrong with having every flat surface of your house taken up by blooming orchids, right?

    Thanks for the thoughtful advice, Geoff!

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    Part of me worries that if I were to go to one of those shows (which I'm sure I'll get to sooner or later... I think it might be unavoidable if you're deep into the orchid habit), I'll see so much gorgeousness that my brain will short-circuit, gray smoke will come out of my ears, and I'll just start babbling like an idiot or running around willy-nilly amongst the different booths like a caffeinated chihuahua. And I'm a total sucker for impulse buys, too... if I see something that catches my eye, and it's a good price, I lose all sense of reason and just buy it. An orchid show could inflict some serious damage to my credit card! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Better start saving the egg money, and have a jolly good time! What ever you come home with will delight you. The shows are the adult candy store, have a great time! (Where is SEPOS held?

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    Love the discription! I was like that the first time I went to an orchid vendor! All these orchids everywhere! I only bought two...too overwhelmed. :o
    The shows are nice as you save shipping and can see the orchid before buying. I would definitely go. They are so much fun.
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    when I go to an orchid show I leave credit cards at home and go with a fixed amount, usually $40 to $50, it makes it a challenge and really cuts down on impulse buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    when I go to an orchid show I leave credit cards at home and go with a fixed amount, usually $40 to $50, it makes it a challenge and really cuts down on impulse buying.
    Oh dear... $40-$50? I'd never be able to limit it to that.... mostly because this is my ONLY chance to personally see plants of various genera in bloom before buying them. The only types they sell around here are phals, phals, and more NOID phals.

    It's exceedingly frustrating. Although the other day I went into my local box store for some supplies, and they had miraculously gotten in some miscellaneous bag babies... mostly Catts, but there was a Beallara in there that I snatched up, and they had ONE Dendrobium spectabile, which I suspect was mis-marked, because it didn't look like a Dendrobium at all. It was identical to the other Catts they had. Someone would have been in for a rude awakening when the plant bloomed.

    Actually, none of the bag babies were blooming, so it was impossible to tell what their flowers would look like (the washed-out pictures on the bags looked nothing like the pics I was finding online), but I still stood there at the display with my heart pounding, checking the names of all the hybrids on my ridiculously slow internet connection via my phone. I walked out of there $100 in the hole, and that's just from buying random plants I thought I MIGHT like based on pics I was viewing on my tiny phone screen. I was just so darn excited to see something besides PHALS for once; I didn't want to let them get away!

    I imagine I'd go a tad crazy if I could actually see these plants blooming in person!

    It must be something us northerners get all worked up for because we're so starved for anything besides phals. I've got an orchid friend from NJ who has ALREADY spent $400 in pre-orders for this year's SEPOS show. He advised me last fall to start saving at least $500-$600 for the show. I was a tad intimidated by that number, so I've been a bit nervous about attending.

    It's actually encouraging to hear from someone who doesn't blow hundreds of dollars at a show... perhaps it CAN be done after all!

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    It can be done. Just have to limit oneself. The only problem is there are ATM's hahaha I once came back from a show with 30 new plants.

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    Hello again! Well, after weeks of consideration and purchasing, I think I'm finally done buying Catts for a little while. You've all given such great suggestions, and several of you have been asking me which Catts I ultimately decided on, so I figured now would be a good time to list a few of my new acquisitions!

    For a big green, I went with the highly recommended Blc Ports of Paradise 'Glenyerie's Green Giant.'

    As for a big white, I saw an advertisement for a Bc Mount Hood 'Mary.' It was lovely, and when it was awarded it had 9" flowers, so I went with that one.

    I also picked up a Blc. George King 'Serendipity' (it won out over the 'Southern Cross' by a hair), and the Blc. Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon,' which promises to be a lovely floofer.

    I'm pretty excited about my new acquisitions, and I can't wait to share some photos with all of you! (I feel like I don't share nearly as many bloom pics as a lot of the other members here do. I'd like to be able to catch up a little bit!)

    I also found a couple of smaller Catts as bag babies in my local home improvement store (I got a cute B. nodosa that way!), and they were so cheap I couldn't pass them up. As long as I don't run out of space, I should hopefully have some lovely bloomers soon. And since our weather is warming up, the Catts will get to enjoy the outdoors very soon!

    Thanks everyone for your input!! I really appreciate all of your thoughtful recommendations!

    Happy growing!
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    Wow!!!! I think you might have missed a cattleya or two!
    You will really have some beautiful blooms! The B. nodosa is really great. I have that one as well as B. Little Stars. I love the night fragrant ones.
    I can't wait to see the pictures!
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    WOW...you sure have gone on a shopping spree!! Wonderful! You will eventually have quite a bit to share. I know some of them. Have fun culturing and blooming them!

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    You should try to hit the Pittsburgh show. I understand it is HUGE.

    Back on the catt discussion, while I do agree with Geoff regarding seasonality in part, I would hasten to add that generally only holds true for the species and large catts. Many of the hybrid minicatts have no true season and as a result may bloom at different times of the year. Most of my minicatts bloom two or three times a year.

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